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Hi I'm Kirby

I live in Colorado. I love cycling in the mountains. I am a Mormon

About Me

I work full time in residential real estate, and being self-employed, I work a couple hours a day at a job that gives me full-time benefits. I also attend school full-time and have a full-time family. I enjoy bicycling, and enjoy the exhilaration of cycling mountain passes that top out between 11,000 and 14,000 feet. I also ran my first 14,000 ft. (elevation) road race this year, and marveled at the nature and beauty that surrounded my efforts (as I gasped for air...!). Unfortunately, my schedule does not allow for much training, so I have to rely on mind over muscle! This is difficult, but much preferable than simply watching others participate. Other hobbies include cooking, amateur (ham) radio, learning Mandarin Chinese, and driving. I would like to learn how to yodel...!

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS (Mormon) Church three decades ago after searching for a church. I had previously never considered that one Christian church could contain all the truths that Jesus taught. I knew there were differences in Christ's teachings between different sects and congregations of other Christian churches, but it never occurred to me that this could be a problem After a period of study, reflection, and prayer, I realized how much love our Savior has for Heavenly Father's children - not just for those who regularly call upon Him, but for all humanity who has lived, or will live, on the earth. In our current day, I know much we need a living prophet on the earth. Someone more than a candidate voted to a congregation's leadership position. We need, just as in former days, a living prophet who acts as the Lord's mouthpiece for the entire world's people. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormon) claims a restoration of the true authority to act in the name of God. 30 years ago, I learned that the heavens were no longer sealed, and that the true gospel of Jesus Christ was, in reality, restored to the earth by Jesus Christ, through Joseph Smith. Prayer is a powerful tool that enables us to learn the truthfulness of holy and important things. Prayer, followed by the confirmation of the Holy Ghost, taught me of my Savior's great love for me, and the great gift He has given all humanity by restoring His holy truth to the earth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by working hard to keep the commandments of God. I am not perfect, and I do not have a perfect family, but we work hard to do our best. In my life, I try to separate the things that I have control over with the things that I have no control over. I can control my thoughts, choices, actions, words, and love. I cannot control (to some degree or another) the actions of others, the general state of the economy, or the weather. I have found that as I focus my energy on those items that matter most (family, church, work, etc.), that my priorities fall into place, and the items that I have little control over, fall by the wayside. How do I do this? The Savior taught us to keep the Sabbath Day holy. In the Mormon Church, we set aside Sunday as the day of rest. We rest from the cares of the world by attending our regular church meetings, spending quiet family time together, serving the needy (lots of needy people out there...!). My hobbies, work, and general outings take a much-needed break, allowing me to focus on the Sacred Divine. In the LDS/Mormon Church, we have the wonderful opportunity to work with an assigned group of families. We call this Home Teaching. Home Teaching gives us the chance to be a support (moral, emotional, spiritual, etc.) to another family. Although for some families I work with, this service is time consuming - but my service strengthens my own family. The Savior taught everyone to "love thy neighbor." When we are obedient to the Saviors admonitions, He blesses us. It does not matter what station any individual or family may hold. The blessings of God take many forms, and these blessings can be beyond any gift our mortal minds may consider.